Facts: The trail begins or ends in Ritsem or Kvikkjokk. There are 13 cabins along Padjelantaleden, the seven cabins within the Laponia area are maintained by Badjelánnda Tourism as assigned by Laponiatjuottjudus. The other cabins are owned by STF, The Swedish Tourism Association. By the northern part of the trail, you’ll have to choose the path. You can begin, or end, your hike in Vájsáluokta or Änonjálme. The trails converge by Sállohávrre. There’s a daily boat tour between Ritsem, Änonjálmme and Vájsáluokta during high season, run by STF.
For more information, visit www.svenskaturistforeningen.se and www.laponia.nu.
Sweden’s most beautiful scenery
Some stretches of the trail climb high up beside the mountains sides, providing a striking view over the great lakes of Virihávrre, Vastenjávrre and Sáluhávrre. The stretch between Stáloluokta and Árasluokta is regarded as one the most beautiful hiking experiences in the Swedish mountain world, which I have to agree upon. In the east, the Sarek mountains are present during the entire hike, where we can see the steep and rugged mountain peaks.
The higher land. Padjelanta certainly has earned its name, as this landscape differs dramatically from other mountain areas.
The rich rivers of Miellädno and Låddejåkkå that flow out to the big lakes are also a powerful presence. From Vástenjávrre, the Vuojatädno river rushes past Guvtjávrre to Áhkkájávrre, a vast reservoir by the Lule River headwater. The flow of water under the bridge crossing Vuojatädno is very impressive, with a sound level that makes it impossible to have a normal conversation. Roughly translated, Vuojatädno means “The swim river” since the reindeer can’t wade over it, but have to swim across.